Hi there
Not a problem in VMWare workstation as there's an option Boot to Firmware in the VM menu.

For those using VMWare player (Free version) and want to either boot to the BIOS or increase the boot menu display time (useful if running Linux distros with selection of kernels at boot time) or both do the following :

Change the .vmx file (the VM config)

1) To get into the BIOS

bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE"

2) Boot menu delay

bios.bootDelay = "xxxx" where xxxx is the nr of millisecs.

I use 2) as in Centos when I've got more than 1 kernel the kernels are shown so quickly that I haven't got time to select. The boot delay changes that -- note you need to do this in VMWare workstation as wll.

Option 1) though isn't needed in WKS.